MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Public transportation has its surprises.

On Sunday, a surprise came to some Light Rail riders around 1 p.m. when a group of people took off their pants after getting on at the Mall of America station.

The pant-less demonstration was a part of the fourth annual No-Pants Light Rail Ride. The event’s organizers say it’s meant to bring a little strangeness into the routine and tedium of the day. They also say that the display is not meant to be indecent. Thongs and banana hammocks were forbidden.

After unbuttoning and unzipping, the event’s participants just acted (as best they could) as though what they were doing was normal. They talked on their cell phones, amongst each other and may have even engaged in a game of “Angry Birds.”

The idea for the spectacle got started by a New York improvisation group.

Comments (32)
  1. Ferris Lind says:


    1. Jig says:

      Says someone named “Ferris.”

    2. I'm So Sad For You Now says:

      Ferris, I just hate it when someone having a little fun upsets your rigid, little, unhappy, one-track applecart life. Damn those hooligans!

  2. Kevin says:

    Where is the chicks?????

    1. IrishTwinCities says:

      The chicks were there, don’t worry.

  3. do do says:

    Yea, I stick my weenie out when i go shoping, just to brake up the bordome of it all……

    1. frankie says:

      You name implies your brains. Nowhere does it say they broke any decency laws

  4. pizzedoff says:

    Thanks, Captain

  5. stung4ever says:

    Well, at least these wackos aren’t creating a garbage dump, so that’s a step up from OWS.

    1. captain obvoius says:

      Now where are all the thugs that sit on that sit on the platforms when you need them?

  6. Actually this event promoted and helped fund public transit if anything.. Think about it.. ‘Buy a Ticket, Take the Ride’

    1. Orrest says:

      Capital punishment or not wearing pants. Wow.Do youu also advocate 100 lashes for when someone looks at you cross eyed/ cut off hands for stealing a gumball? Why is it that the rightwingnuts promote vioence towards others they don’t like?

    2. familymayvary says:

      Oh there is some logic! This is wacky! LETS SHOOT THEM!

  7. Crazy Joe says:

    Banana hammock? I must be old and out of the loop.

  8. Scott says:

    I like your comment !!!

  9. Brian says:

    Hiram, I shower daily, am the vice president of a startup company, and I can use proper punctuation, and I was there. I do it to have fun with my life. How do you have fun with your life?

  10. Chris Kliewer says:

    I was a participant in this event, and have been for the last four years. In that time, I have held a steady job as a shaved, suit and tie professional for a Fortune 500 company, and only four steps down from the CEO. I make a steady living, am able to pay my own way in society, pay my bills without issue, support my children (who LOVE the idea of this event), and in general am a productive member of society.

    I also donate to charity, and in the past have been an organizer and participant in several events meant to help groups or individuals with special needs.

    Oh, I shouldn’t forget to mention the following: I am one of the organizers of this event for the Twin Cities, and also an active participant in the Improv community.
    Thank you and have a nice day.

  11. common sense 101 says:

    notice it is all guys? If this were my kid, I would be bursting at the seems with pride (NOT). what a productive thing to do (NOT). What a great contribution to society (NOT). What a useful way to spend your time (NOT). what a great statement to make (NOT). What a wonderful way to play angry birds (NOT). what idiots (yup)…. What have we sunk to as a society that not only people do this, but it is newsworthy…..

    1. Brian says:

      The ratio of women to men was about 2:5

      1. Chris Kliewer says:

        Double check that. We had more women than men if my count is correct.

    2. Chris Kliewer says:

      Actually, more than half of the participants were women, of all ages and ethnicity.
      Sadly, the WCCO Cameraman got enough for two shots, stepped off the train to move to the next car, and got left behind.

      A quote comes to mind:
      Immature. A word boring people use to describe fun people.

      Go back to your bran flakes and black and white drama life, and ignore those of us coloring outside the lines in anything but shades of gray.

      1. jackactionhero says:

        Women in panties?

  12. Sees the humor says:

    Just so you know, all of those things you very conservative, un-yeilding people that commented above, take for granted each day, like heat, water, tv, radio, and maybe computers,were invented by people who didn’t follow the same path as everyone else. So maybe you should think about what you wouldn’t have, if everyone just followed the crowd. These people didn’t kill or harm anyone physically and I have seen more skin in a MTV video, then they were showing. I quess what I’m trying to say is “LIGHTEN UP” enjoy something for once!

  13. Brett says:

    You don’t need to take your PANTS OFF to give to charity. This is yet ANOTHER REASON why I don’t use public transportation.

    1. Steve says:

      who said anything about charity

  14. Ace says:

    I always wondered why signs say: “no shirt, no shoes, no service.” Nowhere does it say no pants, no service so you must wear shoes and a shirt but no pants is OK. Now I get it

  15. Karla says:

    Hiram, how can you make that assumption from one photograph? it appears that you yourself are a pathetic person who likes to make up lies to create a story because you don’t particularly care for what one does with their Sunday afternoon. were you there? probably not. so how do you know for a fact that the people who attended were unwashed? from this example that you have chosen to put out there about your self, i can not take you seriously.

  16. Melissa says:

    I would be very uncomfortable on this ride if my young children were with me. Can’t this just be labeled as voyeurism? Regardless of whether I’m just being a goody-goody, I would NEVER sit down in panties on a public transportation vehicle; GROSS!!!! Can you imagine what is on those seats??!!

  17. frester says:

    And we were are done cleansing the clothing optional train riders lets run do to the occupy mn folks and start taking them out! CLICK CLICK BOOM, RELOAD!

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